How to Safely Lighten Your Eyebrows

By Nicola Gordon-Thaxter

Some women think that their dark eyebrows are too overpowering for their face. Lightening your brow color is an option. But you must be careful if you bleach them, to not get harsh chemicals in your eyes that could harm your sight. A safe alternative to bleach is the use of natural herbs, such as chamomile and marigold. You can safely and effectively change your brow color if you use lightening products such as bleach carefully -- or if you use herbs.

If you lighten your dark hair you might want to lighten your eyebrows to match.

Using Makeup

Step 1

Apply pale yellow or ivory-colored eyeshadow on your brow to make them appear lighter.

Step 2

Use an eyebrow pencil in a lighter shade to cover your eyebrows and tone down their natural color.

Step 3

Apply a translucent eyebrow gel, which will make your brows seem lighter.


Step 4

Clean your eyebrows with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any impurities in them.

Step 5

Mix three or four drops of hydrogen peroxide in a cup of warm water.

Step 6

Apply the mixture to your eyebrows with a cotton swab and let it sit on them for 10 to 15 minutes. It's generally not recommended that you bleach your brows at home; it's best if a professional does them. If, however, you choose to do them yourself, take special care with this step to avoid getting peroxide in your eyes.

Step 7

Rinse the mixture off, making sure you remove all traces of the hydrogen peroxide.

Using Herbs

Step 8

Mix together one teaspoon of chamomile and a teaspoon of marigold in a small bowl and add a few squirts of fresh lemon juice. Stir the ingredients with a spoon.

Step 9

Dip an eyebrow applicator brush into the mixture and spread it onto your brows. Leave the mixture on for about 5 minutes.

Step 10

Use a damp cloth to remove the mixture from your brows. The mixture will gradually lighten your eyebrows over the course of several weeks.

Step 11

Repeat Steps 1 to 3 once a day for two to three weeks.